The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre congratulates Derrick Campbell on receiving the Calgary Police Service Chief’s Award of Excellence at an awards ceremony on June 4th.
The majority of Chief’s Awards deal with a reaction to a particular situation, but the Award of Excellence is given to those whose diligence and sustained effort results in a considerable positive impact on the community.
There is no doubt that Constable Derrick Campbell exemplifies this award.
While working with the Alberta Vulnerable Infant Response Team (AVIRT) as part of the Child Abuse Unit, Constable Campbell recognized a very specific need and the opportunity to provide prenatal support to vulnerable pregnant women. While AVIRT worked to ensure the best interests of the infants once they were born, there was yet to be a coordinated approach to working with expectant mothers prior to birth.
Working in partnership with Alberta Health Services and the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, the Prenatal Outreach Support Team (POST) pilot was developed. POST was originally granted seed funding through the RBC Foundation as a pilot project. The support of this generous donation enabled POST to demonstrate success and the overwhelming need for the program in the community. Through coordinated efforts, POST recently received a substantial grant through the Alberta Ministry of Health over the next three years for the continued development and expansion of the program.
Today, the Prenatal Outreach Support Team is made up of one permanent full time constable, two full time registered nurses, two outreach support workers and a coordinator.
Derrick has been a committed and passionate champion in identifying the need and ensuring the success of this critical program. Congratulations Derrick – we are very proud of you!